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DefinedMeaning talk:such (344226)

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This definition is that of an expression, not of what is expressed. In other words, it's a definition a the signifier, not of the signified. A definition of "cow" (the signified) is "Female bovine animal (Bos taurus) of the subfamily Bovinae of the family Bovidae.", not "(Word) used to refer to a female bovine animal (Bos taurus) of the subfamily Bovinae of the family Bovidae.", which would be a definition of the signifier: the word "cow", not of the cow itself. A cow is an animal, while "cow" is a word. The former has horns while the latter has letters. The same way, "such" doesn't mean "Used to make a comparison with something implied by context.".

I suggest "similar to this one" as a definition of "such"/"tel" (French)/"tal" (Spanish). --Fiable.biz 05:22, 6 April 2011 (UTC)

Such definitions (of the signifier) are also accepted in reference dictionaries. Cf. for example the definition of "tel" at http://atilf.atilf.fr/ where they use brackets to indicate that they define the use of a word rather than its definition. I think that pronouns, articles, particles, conjunctions and other exceptions can only be well defined in this way.
Now, in this particular case of "such" as an adjective, I tend to agree with you. Something like "similar to this or these" ; "comparable to this or these" would be fine.
I am not sure whether we should replace the current definition, or complete it, like what is done at http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/such . --Kip 07:16, 6 April 2011 (UTC)
Since alternative definitions have disappeared, I completed the definition.--Fiable.biz (talk) 11:41, 14 April 2013 (CEST)

The definition in language "nld" (Dutch) is out of sync. The definition in language "tur" (turkish) is out of sync.